Summer songs of the moment

Summer is upon us!  From chilled moments lazing around in the sun to late-night partying, here are the essential sounds for keeping it lit. Spicy – Herve Pagez, Diplo, Charli XCX Proof that adding Spanish guitar is always a good shout, The Spice Girls classic ‘Wannabe’ has had a millennial makeover and is sounding 100% spicy.  Now you can celebrate the girl power group’s reunion … Continue reading Summer songs of the moment

Album review: ‘Toast to our Differences’ by Rudimental

    Three albums deep and Rudimental are just as electric and diverse as ever.  ‘Toast to our Differences’ is their most political record yet, drawing upon our polarized times.  “Hey, I wanna live in a leaderless world” is the album’s opening line, sung by new-comer Shungudzo, while Kojey Radical challenges the government’s action on Grenfell and youth crime on ‘No Pain’.  Reggae obviously has … Continue reading Album review: ‘Toast to our Differences’ by Rudimental

Introducing: Shakka

In need of a new artist to get excited about?  Look no further than singer, songwriter and producer extraordinaire, Shakka. You may well recognize Shakka’s smooth vocals from various collabs over the years with Grime heavy-players Wretch 32, Giggs and Ghetts.  Not to mention his latest hit single with AlunaGeorge, the infectious ‘Man Down’. He’s been a key player in the London scene for a … Continue reading Introducing: Shakka

Introducing: Amber Mark

Following the release of a beautiful new EP, Conexão, we thought it about time to introduce you to the cross-continental, intriguing sounds of Amber Mark. Brought up between India, the U.S., Germany, Brazil, and Nepal, Amber Mark’s foray into songwriting came about after the tragic death of her German artist mother, Mia, whose passing inspired the singer’s first EP, 3:33am. On ‘Monsoon’, one of the … Continue reading Introducing: Amber Mark

New single alert: Tom Misch ft. Loyle Carner

What could be better than a new Tom Misch track? A Tom Misch track with added Loyle Carner, that’s what. South London beat-maker, Misch, gifted us with ‘Water Baby’ yesterday – the latest release following romantic single ‘Movie’, both from forthcoming album ‘Geography’. Showcasing Misch’s classic hip-hop meets jazz production and Loyle Carner’s natural wordsmith skills, it’s an upbeat number about keeping positive despite mortgage … Continue reading New single alert: Tom Misch ft. Loyle Carner

New single alert: Mabel and Not3s

Mabel and Not3s are bringing the 90s R&B duet back in full-force. After collaborating on Not3s’s summery hit, ‘My Lover’, the two UK talents have joined forces on Mabel’s new single, ‘Fine Line’ – the latest in a string of excellent releases from the part-Sweden, part-London raised singer-songwriter. The daughter of singer Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel has steadily been cementing her … Continue reading New single alert: Mabel and Not3s

Songs of the moment: 17th of January

Jorja Smith ft. Stormzy – Let Me Down This year’s winner of the Brit’s critics’ choice award, Jorja Smith, has teamed up with the UK’s favourite MC, Stormzy, on this downbeat, sultry number.  Hailing from Walsall, Smith’s soulful vocals and songwriting ability have earned her a prodigious rise to success, including a feature on Drake’s ‘One Life’ mixtape.  Her latest single explores the the painful … Continue reading Songs of the moment: 17th of January

Album review: ‘Zanaka’ by Jain

The entente-cordiale between France and England has often been sustained by musical exports – in particular, French female artists, whose songs frequently manage to charm us brits, as in fashion, with their particular mix of elegance and quirkiness.  In recent years, we listened to the mysterious Cuban-France harmonies of twin-duo Ibeyi, whose song ‘Stranger / Lover’ was masterfully remixed by English producer Mura Masa.  Then, the androgynous … Continue reading Album review: ‘Zanaka’ by Jain

Introducing: Will Joseph Cook

This is one artist you’ll definitely want on your summer playlist. Hailing from Tunbridge Wells, Will Joseph Cook’s years of honing his carefree indie-pop sound on the Kent gig circuit have paid off: today marks the release of his debut album, Sweet Dreamer. Mastering a distinct falsetto vocal, catchy la-la-la hooks and a knack for a good chorus, he mainly deals in upbeat songs about girls and youthful … Continue reading Introducing: Will Joseph Cook

Paris: manger avec un petit budget

‘When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise’.  So said the writer Henry Miller in his book on the French capital, ‘Tropic of Cancer’.  Springtime in Paris is definitely special; as the flowers start to bloom, everyone flocks to sunbathe in le Jardin du Luxembourg or les Tuileries, high on the promise of summer and all the fun that … Continue reading Paris: manger avec un petit budget